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Teenagers Say Depression and Anxiety Are Major Issues Among Their Peers [nytimes.com]

Most American teenagers — across demographic groups — see depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers, a new survey by the Pew Research Center found. The survey found that 70 percent of teenagers saw mental health as a big issue. Fewer teenagers cited bullying, drug addiction or gangs as major problems; those from low-income households were more likely to do so. The consistency of the responses about mental health issues across gender, race and income lines was striking, said...

Social Media Offers a New Teaching Tool for Black History [yesmagazine.org]

Have you heard of Rosetta Douglass Sprague? I hadn’t. Then I came across a black-and-white photo on Instagram of a stately yet solemn-looking Black woman who lived during the 19th century that made me stop scrolling through my feed. It’s Black History Month, and here’s an image of someone, although similar to those of which I’m familiar—Ida B. Wells, Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth—I’d never seen. [For more on this story by Deonna Anderson, go to...

How a federal free meal program affected school poverty stats [hechingerreport.org]

In 2014, schools had a new way to give students free breakfast and lunch, paid for by Uncle Sam. Instead of asking low-income families to apply for the meals, a school district could opt to give everyone free food if at least 40 percent of the student population was already on other forms of public assistance or fell into a needy category, such as being homeless or in foster care. This new “ community eligibility ” option was a policy change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which...

The Combined 2016-2017 National Survey of Children’s Health

The Data Resource Center (DRC), in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), is excited to announce the release of the combined 2016-2017 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) data sets and codebooks through childhealthdata.org ! The combined 2016-2017 NSCH is the first multi-year data set since the redesign of the NSCH in 2016, and includes data from over 71,000 children ages 0-17 years. The combined data sets...

The Healing Place Podcast - Suzie Gruber Interview

I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful conversation with Suzie Gruber regarding the utilization of NARM (Neuroaffective Relational Model) and Somatic Experiencing, both non-intrusive approaches to healing traumatic events and ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), her personal history with these approaches on both personal and professional levels, along with some joyous laughter throughout.

Safe States - Evaluating Shared Risk and Protective Factors to Address ACEs, Suicide, and Opioid Misuse – Examples from States

This interactive webinar will feature representatives from two states and the CDC who will share stories and lessons they have learned in their approach to connect work across three priority areas: ACEs, Suicide Prevention, and Opioid Misuse. This webinar will provide an introduction to evaluation principles for shared risk and protective factors utilized by states and the CDC. Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST Go HERE to register

Upcoming Free Webinars: Learn My Techniques That Help Heal Brain/Emotional Dysregulation

Periodically I offer free webinars to teach the techniques I’ve used for 25 years to heal brain dysregulation; I can show you how to use them too! The techniques involve a writing exercise, followed by a simple meditation. They can be helpful whether or not you have access to professional help. During these 45-minute webinars, I’ll give a quick tutorial and participants will have the chance to try the techniques as a group — plus I answer your questions! Here’s a short video. TO REGISTER,...

Juvenile Probation Officers Should Not Be Fixers, But Levers to Resources for Youth [jjie.org]

Like most, when I became a juvenile probation officer I entered the field envisioning myself as a counselor or a mentor. But my day-to-day duties were centered around surveillance, compliance monitoring and paperwork, and the composition of my caseload further complicated matters. I had many kids who really didn’t need my time and attention, let alone probation. These were kids with first-time and/or low-level offenses. I tried to stay out of their way as best I could and hoped they would...

After Scandal, Virginia's Maternal Mortality Disparity Gets New Attention [wvtf.org]

The blackface scandal may end up derailing the political career of two statewide elected officials. But it may also end up changing policy in Virginia. Black women in Virginia are more than three times more likely to die in childbirth than any other race, according to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [For more on this story by MICHAEL POPE, go to https://www.wvtf.org/post/after-scandal-virginias-maternal-mortality-disparity-gets-new-attention#stream/0 ]

New York Exhibit Shows the Prison Crisis Through the Eyes of Formerly Incarcerated Artists [yesmagazine.org]

The smell of cow’s blood made Russell Craig light-headed. He’d bought a few gallons of it from a butcher shop. Now here he was in a studio, painting it onto canvas, creating shapes that mimicked Rorschach tests he had taken as a child. “I was being really, like, stressed out. [The blood] was affecting me,” Craig says. “Then some people was advising me to not work in this medium. Maybe I should be careful when I don’t really know what I’m getting into in the spiritual aspect and all sorts of...

Article of the Year, Spanking is an ACE

Child Abuse & Neglect Article of the Year 2017 Child Abuse & Neglect, The International Journal, is pleased to announce the winner of its ‘Article of the Year’. The papers shortlisted for this title have demonstrated outstanding contribution to research on child welfare and we wish to recognise these scholars and research topics within the community. The papers selected for this title were voted on by the editorial team and editorial board (33 votes) of Child Abuse & Neglect. For...

Toxic Stress Is The Hidden Public Health Crisis California's New Surgeon General Wants To Solve [laist.com]

Our brains grows so much in the first few years of life that any trauma we experience during that time can affect our health forever. California's new, first-ever surgeon general, Dr. @Nadine Burke Harris, has made the link between childhood adversity and long-term health the focus of her work. She was sworn in by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week and calls her new role a "dream job." [For more on this story by PRISKA NEELY, go to ...

Mitigating the effects of childhood trauma [medicalxpress.com]

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can lead to mental health disorders in adolescence, and healthy family functioning and civic engagement can mitigate such damaging impact, according to a new Rutgers University–Camden study. Furthermore, low household income and low parent education increase the chances that children will have adverse experiences, explains Wenhua Lu, an assistant professor of childhood studies at Rutgers University–Camden, who co-authored the study with Yunyu Xiao, a...

Mental Illness: 5 Things People Want Us To Understand [blogs.psychcentral.com]

During the month of September, the world is asked to participate in and advocate for Suicide Prevention Awareness. It astounds me in this day and age of having access to various resources, articles, websites, blogs and other sources available on Online or on cell phones, that there are still people who misunderstand and incorrectly judge those living with conditions like depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder and similar disorders. For most of us, we can go through a tough time, overcome...

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